Classic: Highlands of Ecuador (SEHE)
Countries Visited: Ecuador Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Wander Quito and colonial cities, marvel at an active volcano, shop at the Otavalo Market, ride the famous Devils Nose train.
If you're short on time it doesn't mean your cultural experience in Ecuador shouldn't be colossal. This 8-day tour mixes exciting stuff like UNESCO World Heritage cities, lively markets, and natural wonders like Cotopaxi volcano, so you get to soak in impressive cityscapes as well as sweeping vistas like a well-travelled, insightful sponge.
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|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Otavalo||Day 2 Quito/Otavalo (1B)|
Explore the largest handicraft market in South America, Otavalo market. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. Included Activities: Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Cotopaxi||Day 3 Otavalo/Cotopaxi (1B)|
Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. Opt to visit a lagoon at elevation, hike national park trails, or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park. Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Alausi||Day 4 Cotopaxi/Alausi (1B)|
Enjoy the morning in Cotopaxi before continuing on to Alausi. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
|Day 5||Cuenca||Day 5 Alausi/Cuenca (1B)|
Board the train for an included excursion bound for the Devils Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture. Included Activities: Devils Nose Excursion Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Cuenca||Day 6 Cuenca (1B)|
Explore the city's sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shaded plazas, and museums.
|Day 7||Quito||Day 7 Cuenca/Quito (1B)|
Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city. Transport: Flight (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Quito||Day 8 Quito (1B)|
We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.